No-Bake Banana Split Cake Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Modified: August 27, 2021
No-Bake Banana Split Cake Recipe

Upgrade your classic banana split dessert with this creamy and fruity banana split cake recipe. It’s made with a graham cracker crust with layers of cream cheese frosting, banana slices, crushed pineapples and cool whip. The cream cheese filling with the added fruits on top makes it extra appetizing. It even has that classic chopped nuts and cherries on top! This no-bake sweet tasting dessert is truly perfect for the summer season, especially when paired with a cool summer drink like this tasty watermelon slushie

Tips on Making Banana Split Cake 

Enjoy making this no bake banana split cake recipe within the comforts of your home. It’s a simple dessert that promises a lot of sweet and fruity flavors. In fact, you’ll not find yourself missing the ice cream in an actual banana split with our fluffy cream cheese frosting. And with some of our helpful tips and variations listed below, you can make this dessert even more appetizing.

  • Remove excess juice from the crushed pineapples. Make sure the pineapples are completely drained to avoid having a soggy graham cracker crust. Use a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer to easily remove the juice from the crushed pineapples. 
  • Substitute whipped cream for Cool Whip. If you don’t have Cool Whip in hand, then whipped cream is the best alternative. It also has a light and fluffy consistency that will blend well and spread evenly on top of the pineapples. Avoid using homemade whipped cream as it does not hold up its shape well. It will eventually deflate and collapse which can affect the appearance of your dish. 
  • Try adding in fresh strawberries in the filling. Another fun, fruity variation you can try is adding another layer of sliced strawberries. Its sweet and juicy flavor blends well with the other fruits in this recipe.
  • Serve with toppings of your choice. Aside from chopped nuts, there are many more yummy toppings you can try. The most classic are chocolate chips, hot fudge chocolate sauce, or sprinkles. You can even garnish it with additional fruit toppings or extra whipped topping.

Indulge in other delicious banana desserts for the summer! If you have some more leftover bananas, then try making this quick and easy banana smoothie recipe to pair with any dish. Or, go the extra mile and make a tasty banana pudding recipe.

How To Make No-Bake Banana Split Cake

Make this easy no-bake layered dessert with simple ingredients like cream cheese, bananas, pineapples, cherries, and nuts to create the perfect sweet summer treat.

Prep: 20 mins
Chill: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups graham crackers, crushed
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 15 oz crushed pineapples, (1 can), drained
  • 16 oz maraschino cherries, drained
  • 16 oz Cool Whip
  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, (or peanuts)

Instructions

Crust:

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press onto the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. Chill. Then, prepare the filling.

Filling:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and sugar. Mix until fluffy.

  2. Using a rubber spatula, carefully spread mixture over graham cracker crust.

  3. Arrange banana slices on top of the cream cheese frosting, then cover with crushed pineapple.

  4. Evenly spread Cool Whip over the crushed pineapples.

  5. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top, then place the cherries.

  6. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 99mg
  • Calories: 160kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 114mg
  • Protein: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 177mg
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Vitamin A: 209IU
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Oreo crumbs instead of graham cracker crumbs?

Yes, you can. If you don’t have graham crackers, then oreo cookie crumbs are suitable alternatives. Just know that the flavor will change to a more chocolatey taste. It will still taste as delicious when paired with the fruits and cream cheese filling, though. The added sweetness and oreo taste from the crumbs is also a scrumptious cake variation to try.

Can I use fresh pineapples instead of canned?

Yes. If you prefer using fresh pineapple ingredients, then you can substitute it for the canned ones. Make sure to chop these pineapple chunks into very small pieces so it resembles crushed pineapples. Don’t forget to drain and remove any excess moisture so it won’t soften your crust and fruit layers.

How long does banana split cake last?

When stored properly in an airtight container container, this banana split cake can last for up to 3 days in the fridge. However, we recommend that you consume this dessert immediately since the ripe bananas turn brown quickly. Eventually, it will become too mushy and soggy and will affect the overall flavor of the dessert. Freezing it is an option as well, but you need to thaw it before serving.

 

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Conclusion

Complete your day with a satisfying sweet dessert. Try out this simple no-bake banana split cake recipe that’s packed with fruits like bananas and pineapples. Combine its fruity ingredients with the chewy graham cracker crust and you’ll get a simply unforgettable dessert. Serve it with lots of cherries on top and chopped nuts for that extra crunch.

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